On our first morning in Tuscany we woke up, and hightailed it to the laundromat, which was conveniently located right next door to the B&B where we were staying. For reals, I literally woke up at 7am, threw on the one thing I hadn't yet worn on our trip, and ran to the laundromat. After living out of a carry-on size backpack, in 100+ degrees with full humidity for a week, doing laundry was #1 on my agenda. I do realize how ridiculous that sounds, bear with me. =P
|This is the face of someone who was very very veryyy excited to do her laundry. I mean very excited. She was also someone who was wearing the one clean thing in her bag, a slightly dressy dress and flip flops.|
After lunch we jumped in our rental and headed to Pienza. Pienza is a another Tuscan hilltop town, but what makes it different from the other Tuscan hilltop towns is the Renaissance style sculptures and artwork that fill it. It's definitely worth a stop.
After we get our fill of Pienza, we headed to the hilltop town Montalcino. Montalcino is all about wine, Brunello wine specifically. We enjoyed our little stroll through town and Nadav got all giddy when we happened upon Montalcino's 14th century fort. Oohh
Rick Steves says that twilight is the best time to experience Siena. We arrived in Siena right around sunset. Coincidence? I think not.
Point is, we LOVED SIENA.
You feel an energy when you walk into Siena's il campo, Italian for main square, that is unlike anything we experienced in any other place in Italy. We sat down on the ground, people watched, and took in the beautiful buildings that surrounded us. I was in heaven, oh and the fact that I could drink a glass of wine while lounging in the middle of a fabulous hilltop town... it didn't suck.
Siena's main square, or il campo, in Italian is such an incredible place.
Siena's duomo. Straight up breathtaking.